CBA negotiations are ‘all but done’, report says
CBA talks are “almost done”, with the sides nearing a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.
But that doesn’t mean negotiations on the next CBA have concluded, as one source told the Chicago Tribune’s Jon Wertheim, who is covering the talks.
Wertheim says the talks are progressing but that negotiations could still take several more weeks.
CBA talks between the sides could end with a final deal by the end of the month, as the sides continue to hammer out terms for an extension that will keep the current collective bargaining unit intact until 2022.
“We have reached a tentative agreement,” said an executive from a team that is also seeking to sign a new CBA extension.
Negotiators met last week, but they were unable to reach a deal, and they are still working on a proposal to address what one source called a “tough market” for talent.
Teams that are not able to sign extensions for 2018-19 will have until 2022 to extend their current contracts.
It is not known when negotiations will conclude, and the sides are still waiting for the other teams to make decisions on which teams will be eligible to re-sign players this summer.
The Chicago Blackhawks are among the teams expected to be among those teams to extend contracts for players, and Wertheimer says negotiations are underway on a “fair contract” for that team.
However, he says the Blackhawks could extend players’ contracts in 2019, and could use the 2019 salary cap to keep them under the cap.
Last week, Chicago signed two players to a new contract, and that team is also set to reprise its current deals for next season.
If a deal can be struck, Chicago will have the financial flexibility to sign the players to new contracts next summer, but the Blackhawks have yet to sign anyone in the draft.
Chicago also has a significant surplus of draft picks.
If they extend contracts, the Blackhawks can use that surplus to sign players who will make their NHL debut next season, but that has not been the case thus far.